28 Best Waffle Toppings (Savory & Sweet)

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Do you love a good waffle for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? With our delicious waffle toppings, you can enjoy this baked treat all day.

Syrup and butter aren’t the only choices when it comes to waffle toppings! Whether you’re looking for decadent, nutrient-packed, or kid-friendly options, our selection has you covered.

Waffles are excellent for meal prep, special occasions, or to eat a serving of vegetables! Just see our two recipes below.

There are waffles made from traditional flour, cornmeal, cake batter, or even protein powder!

No matter your preference, here are the best sweet and savory topping ideas for your waffle batter.

Sweet Waffle Toppings

Sweet waffles are totally your jam? Find classic and creative combos here.

Jam or jelly

white chopping board with two slices of bread spread with sugar-free berry chia jam

In a hurry? Get your favorite jar of jam or jelly and top your crispy waffles with it! From raspberry to strawberry, apricot, or plum, they all taste fantastic.

Make your own following our chia jam recipe and add some lovely texture to your morning waffles.

Maple syrup or chocolate syrup

You cannot go wrong with this classic combination! Simple yet utterly delicious, maple syrup adds the perfect touch of sweetness.

Switch things up with some chocolate syrup, blueberry syrup, buttermilk syrup, or strawberry syrup! It gives your waffles a great base and is combinable with other topping ideas.

Fresh fruit

cutting kiwi, mango and other fresh fruit on a table

Seasonal fruit is a quick, healthy, and tasty waffle topping! From kiwi to bananas, berries, apples, pineapple, or cherries, the sky is the limit.

We recommend adding something like yogurt, cream cheese, or whipped cream, so the waffles don’t turn out too dry.

Nut butter

You are probably familiar with peanut butter, but what about almond butter, cashew butter, or sesame seed butter?

They are ultra-creamy, rich, luxurious, and packed with nutrients. Try them on your waffles!

Date caramel

small white plate on a table with a glass jar of homemade vegan date caramel and vanilla

This date caramel sauce is an easy homemade recipe that consists of nut butter and juicy dates! 

It’s really family-friendly, can be made ahead of time, and tastes fantastic on pancakes, crepes, and waffles. Combine it with fresh, baked, or caramelized fruit!

Whipped cream

Vegan whipped cream in a bowl on a table

Any special occasion coming up? Whipped cream is a classic waffle topping, and pairs well with syrup, fruit, chocolate, and so much more.

Make your own whipped cream from aquafaba or coconut milk!

Caramelized banana or apple

Fruit tastes so much better when heated and caramelized! Perfect for Christmas morning, this waffle topping will have your family lick their plates.

Find our favorite recipe below this article!

Yogurt & compote

Homemade compote and vegan yogurt in a bowl

Fresh, sweet, and light, yogurt and compote make a great team — not just as a waffle topping. Choose your favorite yogurt (easy recipe here) and mix it with fruit compote or maple syrup!

Finish with some crushed nuts for extra texture.

Marshmallows

The kids will love this waffle topping! Marshmallows and chocolate are the perfect s’mores combo that can be put in the broiler for a few minutes until brown and utterly delicious.

Creamy custard

creamy vegan custard in a black pan next to some lemons

Homemade custard makes for a creamy, decadent, and unique waffle topping! Everyone will love the texture, sweetness, and touch of vanilla.

Top with fresh berries if wanted and enjoy!

Granola & chocolate chips

baking tray with healthy vegan granola make with dates, cinnamon, goji, walnuts and pumpkin seeds

Add some crunchy texture to your fluffy waffles by topping them with granola and chocolate chips!

This combination pairs well with a dollop of yogurt, keeping your toppings from falling easily.

Cinnamon & sugar

Simple, yet so delicious: top your waffles with cinnamon and sugar! It tastes like churros, and it’s something we all have in our cupboards.

Brush your warm waffles with some margarine and dip them into cinnamon and sugar!

Ice cream

baking dish on a table filled with vegan chocolate peanut butter ice cream and a scoop

Make the best kid-friendly dessert by adding a spoonful of ice cream to your warm, crispy waffle!

You can even make a waffle sandwich by letting them cool first and then layering soft ice cream between two waffles.

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Savory waffle toppings

Do you like a good savory breakfast or lunch waffle? Find our favorite toppings here.

Ricotta & mixed seeds

Savory Vegan Pumpkin Waffles with ricotta, tomato, and avocado

Try this healthy savory combination of homemade almond ricotta, fresh herbs, and crunchy mixed seeds!

It’s packed with healthy fats and plant-based protein and can be enjoyed as a savory breakfast or quick lunch.

Hummus & sprouts

3 Different types of hummus in bowls on a table

This waffle topping is super colorful and fun! Creamy, healthy hummus is spread on a waffle and then topped with fresh sprouts, roasted chickpeas, and a sprinkle of lemon juice.

Switch it up by using bright pink beetroot hummus!

Cream cheese

hands on table mixing almond ricotta with a spoon next to a lemon

Try a selection of dairy-free cream cheese flavors with your favorite veggies on top! A great combo is onion, tomatoes, chives, and avocado.

You can also add pickled vegetables!

Bean chili

Top view of woman holding bowl filled with rice, bean chili, sliced avocado, vegan yogurt and sprinkled herbs

Make use of leftover bean chili! Load your corn waffle with re-heated protein-packed chili and top with shredded vegan cheese if wanted.

It’ll fill you up for hours!

Sautéed vegetables

Sauteed green vegetables in a pan

Mushrooms, bell peppers, or spinach can be sautéed within minutes and flavored to your liking. Use it as a savory waffle topping, along with some beans and your favorite sauce.

Really healthy and lower in calories compared to other toppings!

Avocado & sour cream

white table with purple towel, lemon wedges and a glass car in which cashew sour cream is being poured by a spoon

Make your own sour cream from cashews and a few other staple foods, then smother it on your waffles and top with sliced avocado, salt, and pepper!

It’s a simple, yet really tasty, fresh, and nutritious recipe idea.

Crispy tempeh

Crispy marinated tempeh in a bowl

Move over, bacon — tempeh is the new favorite in town! It’s made from protein-packed fermented beans and can be marinated to your liking.

Once fried, it turns into a delicious topping for your sandwich, bagel, or waffle! Combine with avocado, tomato, and cream cheese if wanted.

Garlic yogurt sauce & falafel bites

woman standing behind a table and holding a spoon with thick homemade vegan Greek yogurt dressing with garlic, tahini and lemon juice

Do you love Mediterranean flavors? Put garlicky yogurt sauce and crispy falafel bites on top of your waffles!

Add some hummus and fresh veggies if you want, and enjoy this fantastic combination.

Tofu scramble

silken tofu scramble on a plate next to a towl

Have you ever tried tofu scramble? Instead of using eggs, you can create this popular breakfast recipe from tofu and flavor it so it tastes very similar to eggs.

It’s a great plant-based waffle topping idea and can be combined with tomatoes, salsa, avocado, or crispy tempeh.

Green salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Looking for a quick and tasty lunch idea? Top your waffle with baby spinach, arugula, and balsamic dressing or reduction.

Cashew mayo and chopped veggies can also be used!

Creamy gravy

table with a white bowl of vegan brown gravy that's being stirred

Waffles and gravy go really well together! Change up your weekend breakfast routine by making this quick brown gravy and top your crispy waffles with it. 

Add some Beyond sausage to make it heartier!

Buffalo wings

Cauliflower Buffalo Wings on a baking sheet

Move over, fried chicken! Try these double-battered cauliflower wings smothered in homemade buffalo sauce for a unique waffle topping.

It offers lots of texture, flavor, and much fewer calories.

Baked beans

Another quick and hearty breakfast combo: waffles topped with baked beans! If you’re a lover of British cuisine, this will be your new favorite.

Mango chutney

sugar-free chutney made with mangoes, dates and Indian spices in a glass jar on a white table

Looking for something new and different? Make your own flavorful mango chutney and serve it with corn waffles.

This southwest combo can also include jalapeño pepper, cilantro, syrup, or anything else you want.

Fresh salsa

white table homemade sugar free salsa or pico de gallo in a large and a small bowl

If you love Mexican food, use it to top your waffles! Pico de gallo, black beans, avocado, and diced chili peppers will spice up your breakfast in no time.

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28 Best Waffle Toppings (Savory & Sweet)

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Do you love a good waffle for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? With our delicious waffle toppings, you can enjoy this baked treat all day. The following combination of caramelized banana, peanut butter, and whipped cream is a must-try!
Serves 8 waffles

Ingredients

  • 8 waffles

Toppings

  • 4 bananas
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • cup brown sugar 65 g
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Crunchy peanut butter to taste
  • Whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Peel bananas and split them lengthwise.
  • Place a skillet over medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once it has melted, add the sugar and cinnamon.
  • Allow the heat to start caramelizing the sugar, stirring occasionally.
  • After 4 minutes, add the banana slices. Continue to cook and stir carefully, so the bananas are covered in caramel sauce but don’t break!
  • After 4 more minutes, turn the bananas with tongs. Once soft, remove them from the skillet and place them on your waffles.
  • Top with the caramel sauce from the pan, peanut butter, and whipped cream if wanted! Enjoy.

Notes

  • Use your favorite waffles for this recipe.
  • Omit the peanut butter or use other chopped nuts as a topping.
  • Find more waffle toppings in the article above!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Nutrition Facts
28 Best Waffle Toppings (Savory & Sweet)
Serving Size
 
1 waffle
Amount per Serving
Calories
330
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
14
g
22
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
8
g
Sodium
 
386
mg
17
%
Carbohydrates
 
46
g
15
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
15
g
17
%
Protein
 
7
g
14
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed.
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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